Elite 59avi as a transport

I am currently upgrading my HT to integrate as a 2ch system. I have a Pio Elite 59avi that is awesome for DVD's but for 2ch it's not great. I would like to add an external DAC in hopes of improvement. Has anyone used this model as a transport? It was their flaghip model and the build quality is quite nice.
i have the previous (dv-10ax) with a electrocompinet dac and it is a great combination....
Thanks for you input Mike. Much appreciated.
btw, the unit really benefits from power cord upgrade, sand box isolation (ala bright star..i use 2) and black diamond racing cones & pucks...the more isolation, the better..

also, do have to agree the build quality is exceptional....